Thursday 23 November 2017

Leeds leave Adkins red-faced

LEEDS 3
SOUTHAMPTON 0

Southampton were unable to find sanctuary from their Premier League woes in the League Cup, with manager Nigel Adkins' decision to make 11 changes backfiring on him as Leeds secured another top-flight scalp.

The Saints have found life tough since leaving the likes of Leeds behind in the Championship in the summer, accruing just four points from a possible 27, and even the prize of a quarter-final berth could not fire them up as goals from Michael Tonge and El-Hadji Diouf, as well as Luciano Becchio's penalty, saw the home side through.

In view of Southampton's recent struggles, Adkins' choice to rest the entire starting line-up from Sunday's loss to Tottenham, as well as naming an inexperienced bench, looked somewhat strange.

The tinkering was reflected in the performance too, with the Saints outplayed by their hosts.

It took until the 70th minute for them to register a shot at goal and it will be Leeds, third-round conquerors of Everton, who enter the hat for a first quarter-final appearance since 1996 -- a year in which they made the final.

Irish Independent

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